'I'm curious who told you' - Arne Slot DISMISSES reporter question over preferred formation

Arne Slot fired back at a reporter who suggested that he used a 4-2-3-1 formation during his time at Feyenoord as he attended his first Liverpool press conference. 

The 45-year-old answered questions from journalists for the first time as new Liverpool head coach on Friday morning, alongside recently appointed sporting director Richard Hughes.

Slot also began pre-season training with the Reds, although only eight players were available to him. Mohamed Salah was a surprise absentee, but wantaway duo Caoimhin Kelleher and Sepp van den Berg were present at the AXA Training Centre.

The Dutchman spoke to media for over half-an-hour on and was very open and honest in his exchanges with reporters. However, there was one question he didn't quite agree with.


Asked about the 4-2-3-1 formation Slot used at his previous club Feyenoord, the new Liverpool boss suggested that he actually didn't use that tactical setup in Rotterdam.

"I’m a bit sad, maybe it’s not the right word, but I was hoping that if people look at my team they would not say it’s a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 or whatever formation you want to call it," replied Slot.

"I was hoping they would say ‘okay, there’s a lot of freedom when they have the ball to take it in different positions’. Sometimes it’s a 4-2-3-1, sometimes it’s a 4-1-4-1, sometimes we do build up with three.

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"So, I wouldn’t put myself in a situation where I say I prefer 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1. There’s a lot of players taking in a lot of different positions. If you would have asked me I would have said we play 4-3-3 instead of 4-2-3-1 at Feyenoord.

"I’m curious who told you that we play 4-2-3-1, maybe that one should go to get his license! Or analyse a bit better."

It's worth pointing out that Slot was smiling when responding to this particular reporter's question, but it was interesting to hear a small insight into the 45-year-old's tactical vision.

Slot clearly wants his team to play with a level of fluidity and is not necessarily interested in specific formations, but more how his team play in and out of possession.

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